Chris Cantwell

Chris Cantwell is an Independent Research Fellow in the National Heart and Lung Institute, and Research Fellow in the Department of Aeronautics at Imperial College London, United Kingdom. Dr. Cantwell received an MMath in Mathematics in 2005 and an MSc in Scientific Computing in 2006, from the University of Warwick. He received a PhD in Scientific Computing in 2009, also from the University of Warwick, investigating the stability and transient growth of perturbations in fluid flow. He moved to Imperial College London to join Professor Spencer Sherwin’s group, initially developing high-order spectral/hp element methods, before making the discipline-hop to cardiac electrophysiology to use these methods to address challenges in the understanding and treatment of atrial arrhythmias.

Dr. Chris Cantwell’s research is now highly interdisciplinary, bridging numerical modelling, signal processing, clinical data, medical imaging and basic laboratory science. His current area of interest is to use engineering techniques to address the biomedical challenges in clinical cardiac electrophysiology. His focus is on the analysis and integration of patient data into personalised computer models; identifying and understanding pathological conditions for the perpetuation of atrial arrhythmias; and developing novel approaches to improve patient care. He works closely with clinicians and basic scientists in the Cardiology department at Hammersmith hospital and the Imperial Centre for Translational and Experimental Medicine. He has developed high-order spectral/hp element software for modelling electrical activity in the left atrium using the Nektar++ spectral/hp element library. This has the potential to allow rapid patient-specific simulation to be performed on clinically tractable timescales.

Dr. Cantwell also has a background and on-going interest in computational fluid dynamics. In this field he has worked on understanding the behaviour of separated flows through the use of linear stability and transient growth analysis. He is a strong proponent of open-source software and is a lead developer of the Nektar++ spectral/hp element framework.  Further information on his research and publications is available.


Postal address:
Dr. Chris Cantwell
Department of Aeronautics
Roderic Hill Building
Imperial College
South Kensington Campus
London SW7 2AZ